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Local News May 11, 2006


Roach Family Re-Files
Law Suit Against Harrah's

The John and Lori Roach family of Valley Center has re-filed
their federal law suit against Harrah's. The lawsuit, originally filed two years ago, alleges that Harrah's and the Rincon Tribe's failure to provide adequate protection against known dangerous fire conditions led to the massive Paradise fire in October 2003 that killed their daughter, Ashleigh, and permanently disfigured and disabled their other daughter, Allyson.

The suit will be heard in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego.

The federal court had ruled the Roach family must first exhaust any tribal legal remedies before proceeding in federal court. Last November, the Rincon Tribal Council, exercising sovereign immunity, issued a final ruling which rejected the Roach family's claims against the tribe and the tribe's business partner Harrah's. Now that they have met the exhaustion requirement, the family returns to federal court to continue their case against Harrah's, the private for-profit corporation that operates the Rincon Casino.

The Roach family is pursuing this action in order to have the matter heard in a full and fair forum. They believe that Harrah’s and the Rincon Tribe have worked together to block an adquate legal process to seek redress for the loss of Ashleigh and the pain and suffering of Allyson.

Alan and Nancy Skuba
Checking In

Longtime Escondido residents Alan and Nancy Skuba, now living in Palm Desert, California, check in from time to time as they have many dear friends in North San Diego County.

Alan, former Mayor and Councilmember and owner of KOWN Radio is now Assistant General Manager & Director of Memberships at Bighorn Golf Club at Palm Desert.

He has been there for 10 years as of this coming October.

He reports the Club has recorded unprecedented real estate and membership sales, topping $1.3 billion in sales through 2005. Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, Pete Sampras, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are among recent resident at Big Horn.

Alan and Nancy miss their many friends in Escondido and North County, but see many of them from time-to-time. As of 2008 (it was 40 yrs. since Skuba was first elected to the Escondido City Council (1968) and later, (1974) to the position of Mayor. He says Escondido is still one of the best spots on earth!

Farmers Market A Great Success!

Beginning Tuesday May 2 the Farmers Market changed their hours, and officials of the Escondido Downtown Busi-ness Association and its vendors report great success even this early in the season. The change in hours seems to have helped.

The market features: fruits, vegetable, flowers, plants, chocolates, cheeses, olive oils,

crafts and so much more, including live entertainment weekly.

Tour De Fork (Taste of Escondido) Tickets On Sale Now!

The Taste of Escondido is just around the corner and you can get your tickets for only $25 until the day of the event and day of the event the tickets will be $30 Enjoy samples from over 20 downtown restaurants, a wonderful artwalk and horse and carriage rides, all on May 13th.

The Tour De Fork (Taste of Escondido) will occur from 11:00am -3:00 pm.
The Downtown Business Association will be offering FREE* Horse and Carriage Rides on May 13th from 5- 9pm.

Their goal is to encourage visitors to shop and dine in downtown Escondido and with a $20 proof of purchase receipt dated May 7th through 13th or a Tour De Fork wristband, you can get a FREE extended Horse and Carriage Ride.

Escondido’s Oriana Clark Sings at Padres

Oriana Clark, owner of Best Buy on Carpets on Escondido’s Grand Avenue, was a superb cabaret singer for several years while living in Europe. She returned home, got re-involved in the family carpet business and has made a success of it . . . but she missed entertaining. Recently, the San Diego Padres heard of Clark’s superb singing voice and invited her to sing the National Anthem to begin a Padres Game.

Oriana loves to sing and has begun appearing locally in stage productions. Recently, she was the featured vocalist at the Escondido Country Club as she entertained the Escondido Kiwanis Club. She is planning on more appearances locally.





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